Effective funding of Ukraine’s national space program stands at 35% of forecast amount

Source : 112 Ukraine

The funding amounted to $3 million, as opposed to $8.44 million.
14:11, 6 March 2018

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The effective funding of the national targeted scientific and technical space program of Ukraine in 2013-2017 amounted to 35% of the sum forecast in 2017, the State Space Agency of Ukraine (SSAU) has informed, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

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According to a public report published by the head of the agency posted on its website, the funding amounted to $3 million, as opposed to $8.44 million announced by the agency in 2017.

According to the report, the effective funding of the tasks set out by the program was as follows: 50% for remote sensing of the Earth, 10% for the improvement of space telecommunication and navigation systems; 100% of funding in the interests of national security and defense; 51% for space studies and 18% for enhancing international cooperation.

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The report suggests that the funding of tasks to create space complexes and to ensure industrial and technological development was zero.

Within the framework of the program, elements of the flight model of Sich 2-1 spacecraft were made, the spacecraft ground control and information complex was modernized, design documents and the Sich-2M spacecraft simulator were made; Microsat-M spacecraft which launch is scheduled for 2020 was partially tested, four navigation correction stations were bought, and equipment for Antares and Zenit-3SLB launch vehicles was made.

Earth remote sensing data received from foreign spacecraft was processed: TERRA, Pleiades-1A/1B, EROS-B, AQUA, SUOMI-NPP, LandSat-8, Sentinel-1A and NOAA type spacecraft.

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